I have two graduate degrees, a Masters in Social Work (MSW) and a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in writing, with professional experience in both areas. From 2003 to 2014, I taught writing and literature to undergraduates at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky and have served as a writing coach to MSW students at Spalding. I believe that my education and professional experiences interact to create a unique skill set:
- I see writing as a powerful tool to express opinion, increase self-awareness, and preserve precious stories.
- I am interested in diverse life experiences and work well with groups.
- My knowledge of the writing craft is literature-based.
Some facts about me:
- I have received five awards from the Metro Louisville Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, for profile, essay, and food writing.
- My story, “When I Find Myself in Times of Trouble,” was a finalist for the New Southerner annual writing competition.
- I have been a freelance journalist since 2000, and have published articles in academic and literary journals.
- One of my most pleasurable writing assignments was radio commentary for WFPL, Louisville’s NPR affiliate.